By Kathleen Struck
VOA News
March 12, 2019

Famous Hollywood parents, college coaches, test proctors, and a college administrator are among 50 people indicted in what prosecutors are calling the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by (U.S.) Department of Justice."

Students were admitted into highly competitive elite schools — after their parents allegedly paid William Rick Singer to arrange fake tests, fake credentials and fake athletic accomplishments, the Justice Department announced in a press conference and court documents unsealed Tuesday.

The indicted, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are charged with allegedly paying counselors and others hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure their children were admitted to prestigious U.S. colleges — such as Yale, Stanford and Georgetown universities — without having the credentials, skills or required abilities.

"We're not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your daughter or son," explained U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. "We're talking ... bribed college officials."……

Lynn Davis and Mark LaMet contributed to this report.

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